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Council advocates for solution to pesky urban intruders

7 November 2017

Western Downs Regional Council is advocating for Queensland Government funding to tackle the flying fox problem by establishing a long-term roost alternative.

  • Council has made representation to the State Department of Environment’s flying foxes discussion paper, advocating for logistical and financial support to establish a long-term alternative roost site for flying foxes currently using urban tree corridors on the Western Downs;
  • Currently there are three flying fox colonies roosting in Chinchilla, Dalby and Jandowae, where green native tree corridors are a noticeable feature;
  • Council this week completed a successful dispersal effort which moved on approximately 6,000 flying foxes from Downes Road, Chinchilla, as part of ongoing monitoring of colonies across the region; and
  • Council is aware of the public nuisance in urban areas caused by the influx of flying foxes following flowering events and will continue to proactively tackle the issue.

Council Spokesperson for Planning and Environment Councillor Andrew Smith has used the State Department of Environment’s recent discussion paper on flying foxes to advocate for help within the Western Downs.

“Flying foxes are a community concern Council is well across, and we have seized the opportunity to advocate for state support to help address this ongoing issue for the Western Downs,” he said.

“We believe a long-term solution needs to be developed and we are appealing to the State Government for backing in establishing an alternative roost site away from residential areas for flying foxes within the Western Downs.

“Council aims to maintain the public recreational spaces that our residents enjoy across the region, and the lack of vegetation corridors due to agricultural land means an alternative roost would draw flying foxes out of the urban precincts and parklands.”

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Media Contact:
Cr Andrew Smith Spokesperson for Planning and Environment 0438 755 896